Popejoy@50, a documentary about The University of New Mexico's iconic performance hall, premieres Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Popejoy Hall. This is a free screening.

UNM has Popejoy Hall in New Mexico because its namesake, Thomas L. Popejoy, persisted for nearly two decades in making sure it was built. As President of UNM, Popejoy understood the value of the performing arts and having a proper hall to house them. He also understood the obstacles in getting such a hall built.

Be among the first to see the story of PopejoyHall and the man who built it: Popejoy@50, a documentary about the difficulties in getting the hall funded, sited, and constructed, and the man who was determined to make it happen. Popejoy@50 is a stunningly beautiful film which features Tom Popejoy Jr. talking about his father and his passion for building a concert hall on the UNM campus, and introduces Hal Holbrook talking about Popejoy Hall and how it was in the 60's when he performed at Popejoy Hall.

This film continues the UNM series of documentaries about UNM's rich and colorful history. Produced by Arcie Chapa of the Center for Southwest Research, this the third of her documentaries about major anniversaries on the UNM campus. Her first two were UNM@125 and Zimmerman@75. All three films were funded and produced by the Center for Regional Studies for their respective celebrations.

The Center for Regional Studies is an interdisciplinary center designed to enhance the work of the university through student fellowships, research, program funding, visiting scholars, digital media and other projects with a particular emphasis on activities that increase our understanding of New Mexico and the Southwest.

"For the last three years, the Center has focused its attention and resources on promoting UNM and its history through our award winning films," said Chapa. 

For a related story, visit Popejoy Hall celebrates 50 years.